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It is hard to say on the composition without seeing a color version and some details of how you got here. WHAT is wrong is that in #1 too much contrast, too little shadow detail in both, blown hilights in the first, and a lack of range in the second.
 

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Well the first one doesn't look B&W. There's a bluish tint, but I like the shots.
 

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^^^ yes. it is common for this to happen when a clipped greyscale image is converted back to RGB without color management.

I have had problems uploading greyscale profiled images to flickr, it's better to just convert to sRGB before uploading..
 

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The shadows are blocked (have no detail), the opposite of blown (no detail) highlights.

In #1, having the part of the building facing the camera would have been better than the back lighting.
Or, you could have made a B&W from a HDR so the shadows retained some detail.
 
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